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 The Beginning of Tulsa
By J. M. Hall (1927)

(c) Karolyn Kay Garland (1997)

Nothing here is free for the taking. This book is reproduced here with the permission of the copyright holder - see copyright statement.

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        Of the barbecue it said that "invitations were printed and mailed and made by wire and telephone. Some who were thought dead were found to be alive, and money was furnished some for transportation where this was necessary...
        When they began to arrive they were met and greeted, not as Mr. and Mrs. So-and-So but as Jim, or Bob or Charley, and they came, and kept on coming, mostly in cars, but some in buggies as of days long ago, and it made no difference whether they came in a $10,000 car or in an old-fashioned one-horse buggy, they were welcome.
        * * * Old enmities were forgotten and men spoke to each other in a friendly spirit who had not greeted each other thus in 25 years, Many long forgotten anecdotes were narrated, and everyone was busy hunting old friends.


        These three men have served the Pioneers association as president. All are living and healthy.
        Dr. S. G. Kennedy was elected the first president of the Pioneers' association.
        There was no meeting in 1922 but in 1923 the pioneers had an invitation to meet at W. Tate Brady's residence at 620 N. Denver ave., and they gathered there on June 26. Previously it had been decided that the organization suggested at the Kennedy barbecue should be made a permanent one and a set of by-laws had been drawn up. These were adopted at the Brady meeting.


        J. M. Hall was elected president with Judge Harry Campbell as vice president and S. R. Lewis as secretary. Mrs. Lilah D. Lindsey was named treasurer and a number of committees were appointed.
        Later that year, on November 16, Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Lewis invited all the pioneers to be their guests at a turkey dinner in the Boston Avenue Methodist church, south. A great many attended and enjoyed the dinner, the music and the speeches.
        On June 17, 1924 Mr. and Mrs. Lon Stansbery were hosts to the members of the association at Stansbery lake, near Tulsa. Old timers from miles around attended this basket dinner and entertainment. Mr. Stansbery was elected the new president with Arthur Antle vice president, Lee Clinton secretary and Mrs. Lindsay treasurer again.
        Again in 1925, on June 5, the association met at Stansbery lake. Here all the officers were re-elected. By 1926 the association seemed to have grown in membership, instead of decreasing as the years rolled on. That year the gathering was again at Stansbery's lake where the host once more furnished the ice cream and pop while the guests brought their well-filled baskets for dinner. Mr. Stans.bery was re-elected president and Judge Harry Campbell was made vice president, Henry Price secretary and Mrs. Lindsay treasurer.

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        Ed Hines, one of Tulsa's first old bachelor citizens, came in the early nineties. He was a contractor for tin and galvanized pipe work and was successful. His investments were successful, and when he disposed of them a few years ago he had enough of a fortune to enable him to retire from business. He spends his winters in California or the south and the rest of the year in St. Louis, occasionally making visits to Tulsa to see his many friends. (Deceased.)

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Photo S R Lewis

        Mr. Lewis came here before the start of the present century and still maintains a law office and large property interests.

        S. R. Lewis came to Tulsa from Texas with his father in 1887 and lived on a

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